FDA Opposes Silicone Breast Implants

It's been thirteen years since most silicone-gel breast implants were banned. Inamed Corp. has been hard at work trying to improve them and requested Monday to bring them back to the U.S. market. The FDA was very skeptical and its advisers voted 5-4 that the company hasn't provided enough evidence about how long they will last and what would happen if they break and silicone oozes into the breast, or similar scenarios. Many dermatologists feel uncomfortable with implants, most won't recommend them for the safety issues, yet sales are on the rise. How much money is circulated by the "breast implant" business? All I know is that it's a lot. These types of doctors make more money than most any other types.

1 comment:

Dr. Tufte said...

I think these proceedings were a joke.

Many people who felt subjectively that they were harmed by silicone implants were allowed to voice their opinions, while few people who felt subjectively that silicone implants improved their lives were permitted to speak.

This whole issue is very silly. Some people want these. They are willing to pay for them. Require them to sign a contract delineating their rights to sue if there is a "device failure" (how's that for a euphemism). Problem solved.